Motivate Our Minds Announces New Executive Director

Jonathan Jones. Photo provided.Jonathan Jones. Photo provided.

By: Michelle Kinsey—

Muncie, IN –Jonathan Jones has been named the new Executive Director of Motivate Our Minds.

“Motivate Our Minds is excited to have Jonathan Jones join the organization as Executive Director,” said Derek  Wilson, MOM board vice president. “He brings quality experience leading similar programs in Indianapolis and exudes professionalism. We can’t wait to see the positive impact he’ll help Motivate Our Minds continue to make in our community.”

Before joining Motivate Our Minds, Jones was the Programs and Initiatives Coordinator for the Center for Leadership Development and a mentor with Boys II Men Inc. in Indianapolis. A graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Jones’ dedication to youth and community leadership was recognized by the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office on “May 22, 2018 Jonathan Jones Day,” and he received a letter of appreciation from Rep. Andre Carson for his commitment to young people.

“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity,” Jones said. “Motivate Our Minds is in a great place. It has done tremendous work in the community and in the lives of students and families to this point. I believe I have an opportunity to contribute to that momentum.”

Jones said he is looking forward to the “opportunity to expand our impact on students and families. The organization has done some great things in the realm of after school care, with the garden and some other enrichment clubs. I believe we can deepen that impact on students and families and provide some other opportunities for cultivation and development.”

MOM, founded in 1987 by Mary Dollison and Raushanah Shabazz, offers year-round academic and enrichment programs for children in kindergarten through eighth grade on its own Whitely Neighborhood campus.

Jones succeeds Monique Armstrong, who left the center in February to take a position with TeenWorks after a decade with the organization.


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